Paul Ryan Thanks DOJ for Classified Russia Briefing


FBI and Justice Department officials briefed bipartisan group of lawmakers known as the "Gang of 8" Thursday on classified documents related to the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation, after meeting with two key House Republican lawmakers.

It remained unclear what, if any, spying was done.

President Trump also quoted Judge Andrew Napolitano, who said it's clear that the government had eyes and ears all over the Trump campaign.

President Trump speaks at the U.S. Naval Academy graduation in Annapolis on Friday.

He went on to debut the term "Spygate" on Wednesday, despite its previous associations with a 2007 National Football League scandal over videotaping coaches.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday huddled in classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on the Trump campaign.

Indeed, Republicans have said nearly nothing about the meetings, other than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who agreed with the Democrats.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had originally said no one from the White House would attend the briefing.

But Democrats slammed the fact that Flood was there at all.

Some Senate Republicans have asked to be invited to the meeting as well, saying they should be included.

Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Ingraham, "It doesn't take much of an imagination to look at this and say, 'This is a setup, '" against the Trump campaign.

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Senator Lindsey Graham isn't all in on "spygate". White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who brokered the meetings, will participate by getting them started, but will not stay, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said Wednesday evening that they had not yet received a response. At the same time, Halper is said to have begun his covert activities inside of the Trump campaign before Crossfire Hurricane began, which also complicates matters for the Democrats.

The first of Thursday's meetings was originally intended for two Republicans, Nunes and Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy.

In an interview with Politico, the former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is also representing Trump, said that information from the meeting could help accelerate the investigation.

Giuliani has cast doubt on Trump interviewing with Mueller in the past.

"Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State", the president tweeted Wednesday morning. The spy was there early in the campaign and yet never reported Collusion with Russian Federation, because there was no Collusion. But the decision by Rosenstein to accede to Trump's demands has enraged many Democrats who argue that it lends credence to the latest Trump conspiracy theory and shows an unhealthy over-reach by the president into the work of the justice department.

Trump responded to Comey's tweet in an exclusive interview with "Fox & Friends" Thursday.

As one example of his covert work, Halper reportedly "reached out to George Papadopoulos, an unpaid foreign-policy adviser for the campaign, inviting him to London to work on a research paper". "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?" Maybe I'm not a good enough Democrat, but I'm far more troubled by what is happening to Trump than by Trump himself.

The Justice Department agreed by expanding an open, internal investigation to determine whether there was any politically motivated surveillance.

"F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims", a Times headline declared, unequivocally. Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed in May 2017.